Duterte, Robredo impeach bids make PH a laughingstock: senator

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2017 11:43 AM

President Rodrigo R. Duterte greets Vice President Robredo during the 2nd cabinet meeting on Monday. Malacanang Photo

MANILA - The Philippines will be a laughingstock if calls for the impeachment of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo would gain ground just months after they were elected, a lawmaker warned Thursday.

"Wala pang isang taon ng maganap ang eleksyon, may impeachment na para sa Pangulo at Pangalawang Pangulo. Pagtatawanan tayo ng buong mundo," Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito wrote on Twitter.

(It has not even been a year since the elections but there are already impeachment bids against the President and Vice President. We will become a laughingstock of the international community.)

Ejercito said the complaints against Duterte and Robredo will cause political instability and will be destructive for economy.

"With our top 2 officials of the land in conflict, how will potential investors have confidence to do business here in the Philippines?" he said.

"Impeachment processes are both destructive and divisive. Instead of pulling each other, why don't we just work together for the better?" the senator added.

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano last week filed called for Duterte's removal over killings linked to his war on drugs and allegations he kept secret bank accounts.

Two lawyers meanwhile filed a draft impeachment complaint against Robredo on Monday for supposedly betraying public trust when she informed a United Nations body of alleged irregularities in the anti-narcotics campaign.

Duterte however thumbed down impeachment raps against his second in command on Tuesday, saying "Look, we just had an election. Guys, lay off. Stop it. You can do other things but do not tinker with the structure of government."

The President's statement comes just days after he said that he "wouldn't be surprised" if Robredo had a hand in his own impeachment woes.